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Learning Thai

Post by bangkokbanjo » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:18 am

Im recently moved to Thailand and am determined to learn to read,write and speak Thai. I see many on here writing in thai so im assuming most speak. I am taking private lessons now and am also using online sources. I am curious to know how long it took some of you to learn (i know its an ongoing process ). What were your resources to learn. Any encouragement is appreciated.

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by oakdale160 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:24 am

This is not quite on your subject, but an observation. Before Thai I lived in China. There every lady friend I had was busy teaching me Chinese whether I liked it or not. Every friend I had married to a Chinese lady worked hard at becoming fluent encouraged by their wives. i have never encountered this in Thai and have heard guys married to Thai ladies who say that they discourage them from trying to speak Thai.

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by christopher1 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:55 am

When I first met my Thai wife 13 years ago, I'd already started studying Thai. A good job really as she didn't/doesn't speak any English. This encouraged me to carry on. I initially used Benjawan Poomsan Becker and another book by David Smyth . I then moved on to this http://www.thai-language.com/

Don't give in, you'll eventually get there. Good luck!

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by StevePIraq » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:34 pm

Chris, do you click on the speaker symbol to hear the phrase? when I click on it I get no sound
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Re: Learning Thai

Post by centermid7 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:18 pm

Yes, click on the symbol. For some reason however I get no sound when using it in Google Chrome but do get sound in IE.

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by bangkokbanjo » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:01 pm

Chris how long did it take before you became conversant in the language

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by Ginjaninja » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:31 pm

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by christopher1 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:13 pm

Banjo. It didn't come overnight and at times I thought I'd never get there.
Probably took about three years before I could stop doing the translations in my head.

I tried to get friends interested so we could learn off each other...to no avail!

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by bangkokbanjo » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:11 am

Thanks. I can now read somewhat (i dont understand what I'm reading) but i can say the words. Speaking is coming along, but slowly. Thanks for the reply.

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